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Name: Duane Robinson
Kerrville, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas
Mar 24, 2015 2:12 PM CST
Has anyone heard of Goumi berry? I have the opportunity to get a plant and test them out. Just looking for a little education. They are suppose to be high in Vitamin A and E and the plant is a nitrogen accumulator.

Look forward to your thoughts!
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Permaculture Raises cows
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Mar 24, 2015 2:15 PM CST Admin

This is the plant you're referring to:

Goumi (Elaeagnus multiflora)

This plant is highly prized in permaculture circles for the reasons you mentioned above, as well as the fact that it is a hardy and easy to grow perennial. I've never grown it though but I'd be interested to know how your test goes.
Name: Duane Robinson
Kerrville, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas
Mar 24, 2015 2:28 PM CST
Thanks Dave,

I'm going to pick one up next week and try it out.
Coldspring, Texas (Zone 8b)
Plant, watch and learn. My orchard
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Nov 11, 2015 6:32 PM CST
Poohdaddy, so how did your Silverberry acclimate? I have several on my property that have naturalized (more than 18 years old in zone 8b with soil pH ~5.4, sandy soil). Last winter we "discovered" that the fruits are edible AND very high in lycopene. We harvested some berries to munch and made jam. Most of mine are in the under story therefore probably don't have maximum fruiting potential. I'll experiment by transplanting into my olive orchard for full sun. Have fun!
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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Nov 11, 2015 7:59 PM CST
Although I am curious to hear about Poohdaddy's Goumi experiment,
I am really inspired to say ElRanchoNeglecto Hilarious! what a great name!
Thanks for asking

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